The Tappan Zee Bridge will close at 4 p.m. as winds increase and Hurricane Sandy approaches.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on his Twitter account.
The Thruway Authority indicated earlier today that the 3-mile span between Westchester and Rockland counties could close if winds reached 60 mph or as conditions warranted.
“Hurricane Sandy has created conditions that make it hazardous for motorists to use the Tappan Zee, and that is why we are closing the bridge,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We are sensitive to the impact this will have on travelers, but safety is our highest priority and, under current conditions, gusts sweeping across the bridge could flip vehicles or cause serious multi-vehicle accidents.”
He said the bridge will remain closed “until conditions indicate that it is again safe for traffic.”
Southbound Tappan Zee Bridge traffic on the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) will be instructed to leave the roadway at or before exit 13, Palisades Interstate Parkway. Local traffic will be able to continue southbound to exits 12 (West Nyack) and 11 (Nyack, South Nyack).
Northbound bridge traffic will be instructed to leave the roadway at exit 8, I-287 Cross Westchester Expressway. Local traffic will be able to continue northbound to exit 9, Tarrytown.